What are flats?

The black keys on a piano are generally called accidentals (or flats and sharps). They are generally thinner than the white keys and raised slightly too, which can make them tricky to play. However, some scales and piano pieces require you to play them as a part of the key signatures. So, today, I’m going to teach you a little bit about flats.

There’s no actual difference between the sounds of a flat and sharp note, but the name does change depending on the situation. Now this can all get a bit tricky when we start talking all about the technicalities of what makes a sharp and what makes a flat, so I’m going to keep things relatively simple for you.

Flats are written like this;

Source: http://hubpages.com/art/flat-symbol-clip-art

Source: http://hubpages.com/art/flat-symbol-clip-art

here’s a certain order they follow in the key signature;

Source: https://www.basicmusictheory.com/c-flat-major-key-signature

Source: https://www.basicmusictheory.com/c-flat-major-key-signature

And the best way to follow this order is to remember the following acronym;

Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles Father

As a beginner, however, you’ll probably only ever come across scales and songs that use the first 3 flats (B,E & A) so you don’t need to worry too much about the rest of the acronym- but it’s always helpful!

As ever, I hope this quick lesson helps you out a little bit and if you have any more questions about flats, please just let me know via email! I’d only be too happy to help you out! Please leave comments and likes to let me know what you think!